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Pictured (left to right) : Iain Campbell, CP Architects; Colin Renfrew, Chief Executive, Fyne Homes Ltd; Deirdre Forsyth, Chairman Fyne Initiatives Ltd; Murdo MacLeod, Director, MacLeod Construction, Margaret Burgess, MSP and Tom McKay, Chairman, Fyne Homes Ltd

Margaret Burgess MSP officially opened Fyne Homes' 101 unit development in Lochgilphead, Argyll on Monday 19th May 2014.  Built on the site of the former Lochgilphead High School and Mid Argyll Hospital, the development included 24 extra care units for the elderly and 18 shared equity units.  The construction of the new energy efficient homes was carried out by local company, MacLeod Construction of Lochgilphead and provided employment for 61 tradesmen and 4 apprentices throughout the 4 year construction phase.  The Council worked with Fyne Homes and the Scottish Government to ensure that this site was used to develop affordable housing to meet identified housing need in Mid Argyll. The Council's commitment to the development is evidenced by the £801k contribution from Council's Strategic Housing fund to the development.

Colin Renfrew, Fyne Homes' Chief Executive said: "The support we received from both the Scottish Government and Argyll and Bute Council was absolutely fantastic.  These much needed affordable houses have greatly reduced waiting lists in the area as well as creating employment and boosting the local economy"

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess said: "It's fantastic to visit these new homes in Lochgilphead which are sustainable, safe, warm and energy efficient.  "With a mix of care units for the elderly and shared equity units, this development has homes which especially cater for older people but also give first time buyers the opportunity to step onto the property ladder.  "This new development supports the Scottish Government's commitment to delivering on our target of 30,000 new, affordable homes over the lifetime of this Parliament."

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